Photography and Design

Photography and design for books, leaflets and interpretative material.

Stained Glass Research

Links for research concerning stained glass in churches in Wales.

Saints' Cults in Wales

A four-year research project editing medieval Welsh texts about saints in Wales.

Detail of woodwork at Hafod.
Stained glass at Llanwenllwyfo.
Scene from the Life of St Winifrede, at Holywell.

Sulien Books

art and craft, ancient and modern

News and events

Talks at the National Library of Wales and at Llanbadarn Fawr

I recently contributed to an afternoon of talks on 1 April at the Church of St Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr: 'Padarn and the Saints of Wales'

During the preceding week, my colleague David Parsons and I gave gallery talks for the 'Stories of the Saints' exhibition at the National Library of Wales on 29 March.

I was interviewed about the exhibition for 'Sunday Matters', which was broadcast across Radio Pembrokeshire, Radio Carmarthenshire and Radio Ceredigion on Sunday 26 March.

My next talks will be at a conference in Cambridge in May and again at the National Library of Wales on 17 May. Prior to that I will be helping to lead visits of the Friends of the Stained Glass Museum to a number of churches in north-east Wales on 21 and 22 April, together with Jasmine Allen, cuarotor of the Stained Glass Museum and Penny Hebgin-Barnes, an expert on medieval stained glass.

 

Cover of Lampeter book with Peter by Wilhelmina Geddes.New book on the stained glass at Lampeter now available

I have been collaborating with John Hammond on a new book about the stained glass at the Church of St Peter, Lampeter. The book has now been printed and is published by Sulien Books.

The cover features the image of Peter from the impressive west window by Wilhelmina Geddes, and is among her best works. This window is one of many stained glass windows at the church, which includes work by a number of nineteenth and twentieth century makers, such as Bell & Almond, Lavers & Barraud, Robert Newbery, Ninian Comper and Powell & Sons.

Copies of the book can be obtained from the church and will shortly be available from the Sulien Books website. As yet a launch event is still to be arranged but will hopefully be held later this spring.

 

Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales.Stories of the Saints

Exhibition at the National Library of Wales 18 February – 10 June 2017

I have been co-curating an exhibition of medieval and early modern manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, as part of my work on 'The Cult of Saints in Wales' project.

In 2017, the Year of Legends, the exhibition remembers the stories of the saints that were once plentiful in medieval Wales, although many are forgotten today. The lives of these early saints, their genealogies, and poetry addressed to them, are preserved in manuscripts that are being exhibited at the National Library of Wales. This exhibition demonstrates the survival of medieval traditions about the holy men and women who represent an important part of Welsh cultural inheritance.

In addition to the manuscripts, there are other items from the National Library collection on display, and photographs of surviving medieval images of saints from my photographic archive. As well as co-writing some of the material with my colleague David Parsons, I also designed all of the interpretative material.

 

Stained glass image of St James, Llanasa.Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae: The Latin Lives of the Welsh Saints

Following the success of a recent funding application to the Arts and Humanities Research Council, my current project at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, 'The Cult of Saints in Wales', will be succeeded by a new project that begins in January 2017.

This new project is based at the University of Cambridge and will be run in collaboration with the Centre, led by Professor Paul Russell. The project continues the work of editing and translating medieval texts about saints in Wales, but turns our attention from Welsh-language texts to Latin ones.

The projects overlap for a few months, as the 'Cult of Saints in Wales' officially concludes in March. We are presently completing the interpretation for the forthcoming exhibition 'Chwedlau'r Seintiau' / 'Stories of the Saints' at the National Library of Wales, which opens in February.

 

 

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Research projects

I have been based at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies since 1999. For a brief summary of the projects that I have been involved in at the Centre, see my staff page.